College of Staten Island (CSI) alumna Stephanie Sheehan ’16 has not rested since Commencement. Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a two year Noyce Scholar recipient, Sheehan is a full time math teacher at the Lavelle Prep Charter School and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education at CSI.

During her senior year at CSI, Sheehan completed two research projects. One was completed in Fall 2015 in collaboration with Irina Lyublinskaya, PhD and Mikhail Epshtein, PhD of St. Petersburg State University in Russia and focused on effect of short-term international program for pre-service STEM teachers on their professional growth as teachers. The paper was accepted as an oral presentation at the 13th International Congress of Mathematics Education and was presented in Hamburg in July 2016. The Congress is considered one of the most important international events in mathematics education.

Also, in Spring 2016, Sheehan received a CSI Undergraduate Research Award to conduct research on the effects of virtual and physical manipulatives on the retention of mathematics knowledge for students with disabilities. Sheehan and Dr. Lyublinskaya will be co-presenting this work at a workshop at the Long Island Mathematics Conference on March 17, 2017 at SUNY Old Westbury, NY.